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Complete Guide to Roll–off Dumpster Weight Limits

How to Determine Roll–off Dumpster Weight Limits

Different companies will have different weight limits for their roll-off dumpsters. Limits are often based on what weight the truck that picks up the dumpster can safely haul. It’s very important to follow the weight limit set by your dumpster provider. Debris will have different weights. For example, concrete or dirt will weigh much more than the same volume of household waste. When selecting a dumpster, consider what it is you will be disposing of in it.

How Much Weight Can You Fit in Your Dumpster?

10 yard dumpster weight limit: Average 1-3 tons
Example Debris Amount
Roofing/shingles 1,600 - 2,400 sq ft
Concrete/asphalt 65-90 sq ft 10 inches thick
Drywall 1,600 - 2,250 sq ft ½ inch to ⅝ inch thick
Carpeting 2,500 - 3,500 sq ft
Yard waste 5 - 10 cu yards
Household waste (clothes, furniture, trash, etc) 270 - 405 sq ft
20 yard dumpster weight limit: Average 2-4 tons
Example Debris Amount
Roofing/shingles 2,000 - 2,800 sq ft
Concrete/asphalt 80-110 sq ft 10 inches thick
Drywall 1,950 - 2,650 sq ft ½ inch to ⅝ inch thick
Carpeting 3,000 - 4,200 sq ft
Yard waste 6 - 12 cu yards
Household waste (clothes, furniture, trash, etc) 335 - 475 sq ft
30 yard dumpster weight limit: Average 3-5 tons
Example Debris Amount
Roofing/shingles 2,800 - 4,000 sq ft
Concrete/asphalt 110 - 155 sq ft 10 inches thick
Drywall 2,650 - 3,840 sq ft ½ inch to ⅝ inch thick
Carpeting 4,200 - 6,000 sq ft
Yard waste 8 - 15 cu yards
Household waste (clothes, furniture, trash, etc) 475 - 680 sq ft

How and Why are Dumpsters Weighed?

When the dumpster goes into the landfill the truck and dumpster are weighed on a scale. Once the dumpster is emptied, the truck and dumpster are weighed again. The difference in the weights is calculated to determine the weight of the debris. If the weight of your debris is more than the weight limit the company gave you for the dumpster, you may be required to pay an overage fee.

Materials Weight per Cubic Yard Details
Burned Debris/Ash 800-1,000 lbs
1,500-1,800 lbs
2,300 lbs
Loose vs dry
Concrete
Asphalt
4,050 lbs
3,960 lbs
Wood, Un-Compacted 400 lbs Increase up to 100% if compacted
Metals, Un-Compacted 600 lbs Ex. Appliances, metal siding
Earth 2,100 lbs
3,000 lbs
Loose/dry
Excavated/wet
Gravel or Crushed Stone 2,600 lbs Increase roughly 20% if wet
Standard Red Clay Bricks 3,400 lbs
Asphalt Shingles
Slate Shingles
2,500 lbs
9,500 lbs
1,000 sq ft (10 square, 30 bundles)
General Household Junk 300-350 lbs
400-800 lbs
Un-Compacted
Compacted
Yard Waste 670 lbs
400 lbs
500 lbs
1,500 lbs
1,350 lbs
Glass clippings
Leaves
Brush
Unfinished compost
Finished compost
Drywall 340 lbs
420 lbs
1/2-inch thick drywall
5/8-inch thick drywall
Households Waste 400 - 800 lbs Compacted

What if I damage public property?

Check your dumpster rental contract to see what is and is not covered by the insurance of the dumpster rental company. If the damage is not covered by their insurance, you may be required to pay for those repairs.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a short ton?
“Tons” can be measured using two different systems. The Imperial system measures a ton as 2,240 lbs. The Metric system measures a ton as 2,000 lbs. An Imperial ton is sometimes referred to as a “long ton,” while the Metric system may be referred to as a “short ton.”

How much do the dumpsters weigh empty?
It depends on the size of the dumpster, but empty dumpsters can weigh from 1,700 to 6,500 lbs. The weight of the dumpster does not factor into the weight limit you are allowed.

What happens if you go over the weight limit?
If the weight of the debris goes over the weight limit, you will likely be charged an overage fee. The fee may range from $25 - $100.

Conclusion

Just as the dumpsters vary in size, so do the weight limits allowed in the dumpster. Limits are based on how much the truck that picks up the dumpster can safely haul. It’s important to follow the weight limit set by your dumpster provider. Debris will have different weights. We are happy to help you decide what size dumpster would be appropriate for the debris you need to dispose of in it.

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